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Dec 21, 2012 1:00pm EST
lunch." we have three major news conferences in washington, d.c. president obama will nominate senator john kerry to be his next secretary of state. harry reid will be on the senate floor and house minority leader nancy pelosi will discuss the cliff crisis. with plan b history, washington is scrambling to get a deal done. the markets however are decidedly worried. dow jones has been down triple digits almost all session. we are off our worst lefs, down about 174 point a few moments ago. down 152 on the dow. 17 to the minus side and nasdaq is off almost 40. let's go to washington where john har wood is standing by with the latest on the fiscal cliff follies. john? >> all follies so far, sue. we had house speaker john boehner come out today and have a news conference explaining the failure of his plan b last night which stunned a lot of people because both boehner and eric cantor majority leader said they were confident they had the most to pass it. what he said today at a news conference is that there were members who had a perception which he said was incorrect. it would raise taxes. t
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Dec 14, 2012 4:00pm EST
that there is going to be a positive conclusion in washington. the downside is not if there is not a vote to settle it. >> thank you, guys. see you later. have a good weekend. that's the first hour of the "closing bell" with the dow down 40 point. here's the second hour now with bartiromo. >>> hi, everybody. good afternoon. welcome to the "closing bell." i'm maria bartiromo. this market closing lower on this day of national tragedy. we'll have the late on the senseless school shooting in connecticut in just a moment for you, but, first, take a look at how we're finishing the day on wall street. declines on the market. once again worries about the fiscal cliff going into year end. the dow jones industrial average down about 33 points on the session at 13,137. volume really stopped in the middle of the day. we saw things slow down quite a bit on the heels of the awful shooting and fatalities in connecticut. the nasdaq and s&p 500 also under pressure today. the mood down here impacted by the awful events in connecticut with us is hank smith of haverford investments and maggie patel and rajai from barclay
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm EST
of drama in washington. congressional leaders have arrived at white house. they arrived there about an hour ago with three days to go before we go over that proverbial fiscal cliff. they are meeting with the president and the treasury secretary timothy geithner, and they are trying to hash out a deal. but reports that the president has nothing new on the table has ended up spooking wall street in a big way just in the last hour, and as bill said we finished down near the lows of the day, down about 157 points for the dow. settling up right now. down what, about 165 at the very low, bill? >> i think so, yes. >> and the nasdaq finishing down 25 points and the s&p off by 15, a fifth straight day in the red. well, it is the last friday of 2012. it's in the books. check. still no deal in sight and no new offer either on the table from the president as eamon javers told us a little while ago. what now for the markets? we have our guests and our very own rick sell sebak with us. rick, let me get to you, first of all, because you're here on the set. what now for the markets? >> what now for the mar
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 3:00pm EST
there in washington as we wait for the white puff of smoke to come out of the white house, eamon. >> reporter: kind of what feels like here, bill. a lot of energy at the white house, a lot of curiosity surrounding this meeting. what you can't see from here and what i can't show you, unfortunately, is just about 50 yards from here is where you saw speaker boehner walking into the building, and we've got a whole cadre of white house still press photographers up on ladders peering over the hedge trying to get a picture of the leaders as they walk in and just to the left of that crowd is another crowd of reporters all gathered around the stakeout cameras. that's where the leaders could come out and talk to microphones if they wanted to say anything after this meeting. there's a lot of anticipation of whether they will say anything after this meeting, and it's widely seen that this would be a good sign for negotiations if they do come out and talk. a lot of previous white house meetings, they have not come out to say anything afterwards, so all those folks waiting over there might be waiting in vain her
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm EST
now. amam jabbers is in washington. >> reporter: president obama did cut his vacation short in hawaii. he has arrived back at the white house this morning. the president emerging from marine one. what he's going to work on here in washington is pretty much anybody's guess at this point. the senate came back into session this morning and senate majority leader harry reid took to the senate floor to explain that he thought a $250,000 and above extension of the tax -- bush tax cuts could, in fact, pass and he was extremely, extremely angry in ways that you really hear on the senate floor with the speaker of the house. take a listen. >> it's beings operated with a dictatorship of the speaker not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. if the 250 would be brought up, it would pass. >> so harry reid there calling house speaker john boehner a dictator for not bringing a bill to the floor that would extend the bush tax cuts for all those who make less than $250,000 a year. now that bill if it was brought to the house floor would have to pass with demo
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 4:00pm EST
said he was come back to washington and jumping on an airplane to review some new proposal from the president that they expected to get. the whole afternoon has been spent by reporters trying -- trying to figure out what was going on. now harry vaed responding to mcconnell so let's right to it. >> he's upset because, quote, the phone never rang. he complains i've not delivered solutions to the fiscal cliff. he's in error. we all know that in july of this year we passed in the senate the relief that would give -- that it would give to middle class americans. that -- that passed the senate. now, we know the republicans have buried themselves in procedural roadblocks in everything we're trying to do out here and now they are saying, well, we can't do the 250 because it wasn't blue slipped, because it will be blue slipped. mr. president, how does the american people retook the that? there was a bill introduced by the ranking member of the ways and means committee in the house, sandy levin, that called for this legislation. the speaker was going to bring it up to kill it, but he coul
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Dec 4, 2012 3:00pm EST
washington the benefit of the doubt so far today. we've had no real progress to speak of on the fiscal cliff. the president did speak publicly about it today. but we haven't exactly taken any step backwards either on wall street as far as the major averages go. we have had more special dividends declared, which we'll get to. first, get you caught up on the markets. kind of a meandering day. a few economic bits of data out today. other than that, not a lot going on as far as economic data go. we're all just waiting to see that white puff of smoke come out of washington and nothing yet so far. the dow virtually unchanged right now at 12,966. the nasdaq is down seven points right now. we'll talk with seema mody about that. and the s&p 500 index at this hour is down 1.80 in change at 1407. in today's "closing bell" exchange, we go over what is going on as we head toward the end of the year. seema mody is at the nasdaq today. jeff, what do you make of what's going on in washington? i'm most interested in the fact that the markets have lost the volatili volatility. we're not seeing the markets res
CNBC
Dec 11, 2012 12:00pm EST
coverage "mission critical: rise above dc." we are in washington holding lawmakers' feet to the fire on the fiscal cliff. it had been quite a busy morning. here's what we now know. we're expecting house speaker boehner to give us an update on the fiscal cliff negotiations at any minute. in have been sberp rating the previous silence from the administration and speaker's office as a good sign real progress was being made. from what we have heard from our guests so far this morning there's a general sense of optimism a deal will be reached. perhaps not in a forum that's widely expected. that optimism seemingly reflected in the markets. we are up more than 100 point ossen the dow. >> i'm maria bartiromo along with brian sullivan. representative patrick mchenry, republican from north carolina. good to have you on the program. thanks for joining us. let's talk about where we are. what would you say? where are we in terms of a deal? >> not as bad as last week and not as bad as the week before. not really in a great position to get things done. the president's more interested in campaigning
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 7:00pm EST
back to us. >> yeah. thank you. >>> there is some action in washington tonight. at this hour the senate has just passed a $60 billion aid bill for communities slammed by super storm sandy. that vote was 61 for, 33 against. sandy road ashore devastating several areas and the senate rejected a republican amendment to cut the immediate cost to just 23 million clearing the way for final action on the $60 billion bill. the bill now goes to the house where its passage is uncertain because of the non-sandy-related spending items that are in the bill. typical sausage making for washington. >>> let's get to our panel. here now is blake zeff, former obama campaign aide and washington editor. robert, have you heard anything in the last couple of hours that suggests to you that somehow by monday mitch mcconnell and harry reid will sing kumbaya, pass something in the senate that also passes the house? >> i'm not so sure they'll be sing kumbaya, but the real story today is that there's movement on capitol hill. reid and mcconnell come out of that white house meeting and they're ready to haggle over s
CNBC
Dec 21, 2012 9:00am EST
about it. the only thing being we're relying on our leaders in washington to try to craft some sort of solution. >> did you have quotes around the word leader then? i'm only watching your lips. if you were to type that, would there be quotes around leaders? >> yes. >> thank you. i rest my case. >> i'm willing to take those quotes off. >> if they show that they are truly leaders without quotes. >> i come to work every day, my tallahassee paycheck, still in my wallet. i was a reporter. i made $137 a week. and if i had seen that go down to 127, i would have been angry. that was my subsistence. there are people who play for dinner in this country and their subsistence are on the line and they're going to be furious. but they're not going to get furious until they see their paycheck. >> it's going to impact gdp in the first quarter, and the second quarter. americans are feeling like they're protected from the democrats? because they're in lower income households? but they won't be. their paychecks will be less because the payroll tax cut will be gone. the amt, also gone. that will affect
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 3:00pm EST
but mandy has been celebrating boxing day all day. we didn't get any presents from lawmakers in washington yet. we're still five days away from falling off the proverbial fiscal cliff and wall street, like everybody else, is waiting for some kind of a solution here, and as you can see by today's numbers the waiting game continues, although we thank brian sullivan and you, mandy, for bringing us back to positive territory in the last hour. >> i'm not sure we can take credit but we'll take it. >> the dow is up a fraction at the moment. 13,139 after a meandering much of the day. the nasdaq hardest hit today. technology has been very volatile recently. still down a fraction right now. 13 points, fraction percentage-wise and the s&p is down 3.33 at 1423. five days left until the fiscal cliff deadline, and though the market has been very resilient to this point, what happens if we go over the cliff and if lawmakers cannot get it together come january 1st? will it be a big meltdown for wall street? that's what everybody wants to know. >> certainly hope know. in today's "closing bell" exchange, fo
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 4:00pm EST
of washington and our very own john harwood is there. >> reporter: mandy, we've got a letter from the republican leadership to the president and to the democrats in the senate saying that the house has acted, they passed legislation last year to extend all the tax cuts and to shift the scheduled sequester cuts from defense to domestic programs, but, of course, in urging the senate to act saying, well, we've acted, now it's your turn, we're simply not going to see the democrats take them up on that because president obama since that letter has won the election and now we're looking at the possibility of a mini deal that would get enacted before january 1st but so far all we've heard are the sounds of silence in the negotiations. a senior white house official told me today when i asked was there any holiday season progress, back channel progress over the past couple of days, got a one-word reply, no. second, the democratic senate leadership says there's a 50/50 chance that we'd get a deal between now and january 1st, but they don't have any progress signs to point to in a tangible way. that's sort
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
to go up. but we only run the house. democrats continue to run washington. >> call me a hopeless optimist, but i actually still think we can get it done. >> eamon javers live in washington. eamon, fascinating to look at that tape in retrospect. >> i think a lot of people in washington think the make-or-break deal making sessions have already happened here. and one republican senator i talked to this morning said there are very low expectations now for this meeting at the white house today. and boy, how times have changed, carl. just watching that tape that you just ran. one of the things that i'll be watching for when i'm standing on the white house north lawn this afternoon is whether or not these four congressional leaders come out as they did back in november and talk to the press after the meeting. we've had a lot of meetings at the white house where people have left very quickly, gotten into a suv and driven off the complex without talking to reporters. if they come out to those microphones after this meeting and come out together, i think that will be a hopeful sign that pe
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 7:00pm EST
report" start ises right now. >>> the big news tonight, still the developments in washington on the fiscal cliff, eamon javers joins us with the details. >> good evening, meshel. capitol hill sources tell cnbc that congressional leaders are planning to go to the white house tomorrow to meet with president barack obama and it is not entirely clear at this point when that meeting will take place and details are still being hammered out and we saw today a blistering series of rhetorical jabs from one side to the other and it's not clear as a result of all that whether a deal can, in fact, get hammered out in the remaining time before new year's eve and take a listen to senate republican leader mitch mcconnell earlier today explaining the problems he's facing in washington. take a listen. >> the truth is we're coming up against a hard deadline here and as i said, this is a conversation we should have had months ago. and republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> we do know t
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 2:00pm EST
more about the bozos down there in washington. >> his father is in the legal business, he said his business in estate planning has never been better. he's thinking about writing a letter of thanks to washington because with the resumption of the estate tax at $1 million as opposed to today's $5 million, there's a lot of gifting going on and that's one of the unintended consequences there. >> yes. we've seen all kinds of them happening at the end of the year because of the fiscal cliff. >> absolutely. >> see how it all goes. >> taxes are going to go up anyway because of the medicare surcharges and so forth on investment. >> obama care, we're going to feel all kinds of effect. >> that will do it for today's edition of "power lunch", folks. >> street stiens begins right now so don't move. >>> free speech and stocks sink. a senate leader says the cliff is coming. we've got your cliff jumping playbook ahead. >>> housing has been all hoping lately helped by the fha in part or has it? your guess says the agency is hurting working class families. >>> plus, some incredible stats on amazon.c
CNBC
Dec 11, 2012 4:00pm EST
washington with maria bartiromo on the "closing bell." >> it's 4:00 on wall street. do you know where your money is? hi, everybody. welcome back to "closing bell." i'm maria bartiromo coming to you live from the white house. stocks rallying and closing off the best levels of the session after senate majority leader harry reid warned it will be tough to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff before christmas. we all note deadline, december 31. take a look at how we're finishing the day. the dow jones industrial average up about 80 points today. it was higher, much higher than 100 points earlier today, up two-thirds of 1%. volume on the light side this afternoon. nasdaq composite picked it up. technology up better than 1%. s&p 500 also on the upswing. markets maintaining steady gains all day long. david kudlow and bob pisani and barbara from the street. welcome to all of you. what about coming off the best levels? >> hitting search-week highs. 13,245 is where we ended the night of election and waiting for it to settle out. 13,248, so we are exactly where we were when the elections closed. i
CNBC
Dec 17, 2012 1:00pm EST
-up here. i understand the enthusiasm or encouraging signs coming out of washington. but are these two sides really that much closer together? they seem, in some ways, to be talking past one another. >> right. what we don't know is what happened in this meeting today. that could be a sign of some progress. obviously the speaker made a new offer. now we will wait and see what the president will match that with. the political dynamics here are that the speaker needs to go back it republican colleagues on capitol hill and tell him look what i got the president to agree to that we didn't think he would agree to. what is that piece of this? it has to be on the spending side somewhere. that's where this deal will get made if it get made. obviously this level of activity, meetings, phone calls, activity over the weekend, indicates that something is happening. we are moving toward the goal line here. goal being a deal. but there's no question, there's no guarantee of course we will get there all the way. >> it is very interesting, eamon, speaker boehner's position was 800 billion in revenue in
CNBC
Dec 17, 2012 3:00pm EST
. >> the markets watching washington and shuttling back and forth between the white house and the capitol. eamon javers has the latest. >> it looks like at this point the senate is going to have to come back on december 26th to take up among other pieces of legislation the fiscal cliff solution. apparently. so whether or not that's set in stone, we don't know. but it looks like they're floating now the idea of coming back after christmas to finish up a fiscal cliff deal. and the evidence we're getting closer to the deal came today with speaker boehner going for another meeting with president barack obama. he did not answer reporters' questions. we don't know exactly what was said in that meeting, but we know boehner has proposed new tax revenue of up to $1 trillion and agreed to the idea of raising tax rates in order to do that including on those folks making more than a million dollars a year. at the white house jay carney was asked whether the president's going to stick to his $250,000 a year threshold for tax increases. carney kind of wiggled around that question, didn't pin himself down. giv
CNBC
Dec 10, 2012 1:00pm EST
are higher as fiscal cliff song and dance continues in washington. mr. boehner says he is waiting for a proposal from this gentleman, the president. president obama. and the president is set to speak about the cliff and the a economy later today. >> i thought i was supposed to come here today. you thought you were supposed to come here today. so we are both here. not really, folks. a lot of talk today is about what investors should do if we go over the cliff. what should we do if there is a debt deal before year-end or shortly thereafter. we have smart strategies and individual stock picks for you this hour. >> that's right. well also take a look at another side of google that you very rarely hear about. the internet giant stashing billions in tax shelters to avoid paying taxes. is that fair play or outrageous corporate behavior? especially in this climate. well talk about that. but first, markets are generally higher. dow jones industrial average up 29 points on the day. nasdaq is up 7. and s&p 500 up about 1 1/2. >> they've been that way about the last ten days or two weeks or s
CNBC
Dec 18, 2012 1:00pm EST
the fiscal cliff. events moving faster in washington. house speaking boehner meeting with party members, moving to plan b. that deals with bush era tax cuts. the white house rejected that. investors like whatever progress we're seeing. s&p 500 at a two-month high. s&p up 1 1/3 -- 1.1 on s&p, dow jones industrial average up 114 points, almost a full% enand nasdaq up 1 1/3. the latest on how those negotiations are progressing. >> over the last 24 hours or so we've had a flurry of proposals, counter proposals, responses, responses to responses. as it lies right now, basically all those responses have been rejected by the other side. at the top of 2:00, we should have a new round because we're going to expect to hear from the senate democratic and republican leaders coming out and talking to cameras. we might get more reaction then. but earlier today speaker boehner came out and unveiled the big one, a two-track plan that would have the house vote on what he's calling plan b. take a listen to his rational for going that route. >> at this point having a back-up plan to make sure that as few
CNBC
Dec 19, 2012 1:00pm EST
are down 11 points on the dow jones. that's hinging on disappointment from washington. the nasdaq is up two and a third point. my partner here on the floor of nyse joins me in the action. 24 hours ago we were sitting here with a triple-digit gain, actually. now, there is disappointment in washington. >> let's just say the markets are digesting all of this news today, that means moving side ways, a fancy word, folks. we are talking like 30 points. that pretty small. and the president sounding alternative sounding con ciliatory and often combative as you hear from john harwood. here is the bottom line. big movers, bank stocks, home moving stocks, that sue just referenced. all basically flat today. if you take a look at the one sector though that is still continuing to have a great day, doing it day after day and that's airline stocks, very positive traffic metrics from airlines in the last few weeks and these stocks have been moving up virtually everyday. there is your market today. this is a quiet day when you see airlines as the market leader. >> true. good point. we will see what happens w
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 2:00pm EST
, thank you so much. >>> meantime, the president is headed back to washington early, but congress still on christmas vacation which means we are no closer to solving the fiscal cliff yet. john harwood, five days to go, i am calm today. is this the calm before the storm? >> first of all, merry christmas, brian. >> merry christmas, john. >> it is possible that it's the calm before the storm if by storm, you mean a flurry of last minute deal making. a senate democratic leadership aide told me that there's still a 50/50 chance we will get a deal before january 1st, but that's the only optimistic voice i've heard today. a senior white house official told me that when i asked is there any signs of holiday progress, you know the president said go home, members of congress should go drink an eggnog and hang with their family and come back in a better mood. one word answer, no. no signs of progress and the republican leadership aide in the senate, mitch mcconnell is going to be crucial to a potential last minute breakthrough. we haven't heard anything from the democrats. so at this moment, we're
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Dec 17, 2012 4:00pm EST
you don't know the playing rules especially when there's so much disorganization in washington, there's no reason for the client to get involved. but when you add other taxes now, not just cap gains taxes and so on, now you're talking about high income cities like new york. you're talking about 53% plus another 3.8% with the obama care medicare surtax. >> so 53 -- 57% of the wealthiest out there -- 57% of their income is going to the government. then ron, you also agree even with that the habits are unlikely to change. >> well, that all depends. someone making a million dollars, $100,000 from dividend, 85 from capital gains. under the 250 rule, they're seeing their taxes go up $70,000 or so. under the million dollar proposal by boehner, that's a $30,000 increase. $30,000 is not that much. but it is after tax money. 70,000 is another number. i think it will affect them somewhat. i'm more worried about their future of what they'll not be saving. even the wealthy have to worry about the future. >> so how does it impact spending and give us the ripple effects of these higher tax rates and
CNBC
Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm EST
it certainly sends a message that politicians in washington are as dysfunctional as they appear to be, so i think politics as a macro driver i think stays very much in -- in the picture under those circumstances, and i think it does put a damper on psychology, investor psychology, business psychology, so it absolutely does come into play. we're certainly not telling our investors in the very near team ie between now and year end to trade around a possible outcome. i think that is a relatively dangerous thing to do. >> and alan, do you agree there? what do you want to be exposed to going into the new year from your standpoint? >> well, i would say that, first of all, i'm neutral on equities in my ridgeworth allocation strategy funds and it's because of the fiscal cliff. if you look at the underlying fundamentals, the housing market is getting better. europe appears to be moving in the right direction as is china so the fundamentals are moving in the right direction, but the truth is if washington messes this up, we could go into recession the first part of next year, so that's what's keeping
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 9:00am EST
earthquake the market will think something is going to happen in early january this is the way washington works, they walk right up to the edge of the deal, maybe even past the edge of the deal and then something happens. i still think the market believes there will be a deal, but it is a deal that might happen on january 14th. so, i don't think december 31st is a real deadline, in the mark it's mind. >> steve, tell us, what are the things that can happen that will sort of rouse the market here, move the market up or down ire way? >> well, first of all, i think the tendency for the market right now is to go higher because you have zero interest rates and zero interest rates act as a tremendous stock market flotation device. opposing investments are, you know, yielding essentially nothing at this point, so stocks become very attractive. but i still think the big story and the stories that most traders will be watching is the fiscal cliff so that's story number one. an interesting thing happened yesterday and that's the price of oil traded to an all-time high going back to october, not an a
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Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
to be watching the news out of washington. we're going to be watching the vices to get a gauge of good opportunities to buy high quality dividend-paying stocks. >> okay. all right, brickland, going to have to be quick. what do you expect? >> i think data is on the sideline. all about the fiscal cliff. it's all about how the distrust in washington really makes some significant progress tomorrow. we need some movement from the president. we need some progress. so, we'll have our keen eye on that and more importantly, we'll have our keen eye on discussions surrounding the 2% payroll tax cut which has been quite absent. so, hopefully tomorrow we'll see some sort of progress on that front. >> all right, gentlemen, thank you both for, all three for joining us today and we will watch very carefully. tomorrow could be very, very interesting. that does it for us. thank you for watching. >> indeed. "fast money" starting right now. >>> live from the nasdaq market site in new york city's times square, i'm melissa lee. here are tonight's top three trades. cliff hanger. will we or won't we f
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Dec 28, 2012 1:00pm EST
was very strong. the dow up 68 points. michelle, back to you. >>> all right, mary. washington, the country wants to know are you going to rise above or are you going to throw us off the cliff? another meeting set for the white house. eamonjavers is at the white house. >> we could fix this on the back of an envelope. that's not hard to imagine. what's hard is getting washington agree to it. that sound that you hear is the sound of thousands of reporters trying to read the minds of five people, the four congressional leaders and the president of the united states who are going to be in that room at 3:00 this afternoon. a whole lot of mind reading going on. not a whole lot of fact to work with. what i am told is if you want to understand where the president's brain is as he goes into this meeting today, you've got to look back at his remarks just after 5:00 p.m. on friday last week in which he laid out his vision for sort of a shorter term emergency kind of a deal. with that in mind, let me lay out what barack obama could propose in this meeting today if he lays something out. it would start
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 2:00pm EST
. meanwhile, here in washington at least one republican senator took the opportunity today to say all of this rests at the feet of the president. take a listen. >> we need two words, presidential leadership on not just taxing rich people. we could tax all the rich people and cut their heads off and it wouldn't help the medicare fiscal cliff. we need to do both, and the president has to lead it. if he does, i'm ready to work with him and so are a lot of other republicans and democrats. >> so, mandy, a lot of different proposals floating around here in washington. a lot of ideas. a lot of attempts to read the minds of those key people in the room. >> eamon, is it true that some senators have left the boat and are fishing on their own for a deal? >> yeah. there are a couple of different proposals floating around out there now. you always have it in the senate, gangs of two, three, four, five senators put out their own ideas. at this late hour what the markets should focus on are the five leaders and the president that will be in that room. anything coming from any other senator is probab
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Dec 18, 2012 9:00am EST
. i want to get to washington with some of the latest headlines regarding speaker boehner and what eamon is referring to as plan b. >> what we know is the speaker is in the basement of the capital building here right now, meeting with republican lawmakers to brief them on the status of the fiscal cliff negotiation, and what a gop leadership aide is now telling news news is the speaker is now prepared to offer what he's calling a plan b, or a modified plan b in which we don't do the grand big deal that the president and speaker of the negotiating on, but instead do something much smaller that would eliminate the pending tax increases for all americans, the speaker saying that he would like to have some kind of a deal, a modified scaled-down proposal now that would eliminate those for as many people as he can. the details are very sketchy on what modified plan b actually means in practice. but basically, it's something he can keep in his hip pocket right now in case these negotiations with the president don't bear fruit. and presumably what we're talking about here, carl, is a little
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Dec 14, 2012 9:00am EST
big thing is no vacation without legislation. >> right. >> the "washington post" said as of last night, the halls of the capital were virtually deserted. >> cody's the only guy working there. that's embarrassing, isn't it? >> the president is scheduled to go to hawaii a week from today. >> it's boehner and obama. >> there are things, there's a telephone. understand, they have phone service in ohio and hawaii. >> there's an urgency here that dave cody gets. why? because he has said, i'm not hiring until we get this stuff fixed. now, why doesn't that -- well, everybody, the job, small business job creator. come on, man. honeywell hires. that means other towns do great. that means you get into a very virtuous cycle mode. david, it is not about the small businessman. the little businessman doesn't do well unless the big businessman does well. >> who are they selling to? >> honeywell just hired 200 people. >> no doubt about it. >> the opening bell here at the new york stock exchange for a friday. top of the screen, the s&p 500. nasdaq, avago technologies. >> single-family rentals, homes for
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Dec 26, 2012 9:00am EST
to leave for washington tonight. congress expected to return on thursday. president, guys, not expected to actually arrive in washington until tomorrow morning. no talks scheduled that we know of as of yet. all the attention's going to turn to the senate, which tends to be more of a compromising body than the house is. >> yes. and the president is available in person if you should want to go over there and visit with him. or perhaps if he wants to visit with anybody else. the consensus seems to be if you get some sort of a deal, it's obviously not going to be the big deal. it will simply be something that extends the tax cuts for the vast majority of americans, at least those earning less than $250,000 a year. the consensus seems to be, carl, that if we don't get a deal by the second or third or fourth week, the super bowl week, we'll start to feel it in the economy. >> we had a notable sell-off. there is typically a bias on christmas eve, but the worst christmas eve performance for the dow since 2006 because of the jitters about the fiscal cliff. it will be an interesting few days as c
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Dec 12, 2012 9:00am EST
or the "washington post." 180 degrees. >> what did he mean? >> there's plenty for conspiracy theorists today. ties to all the central banks all around the world, they have these secret dinners every couple of months. as if the fed needed more distrust among fed watchers, right? >> i havend the privilege last r of going to a dinner with fisher, who is crucial -- you look at the diagram. this is just an alumni association that has allowed other people in. this is an m.i.t. thing. fisher is regarded as being the man who saved east asia in the '90s. you know, these guys have been more than upfront that there's a club. i think it's just being written about for the first time. >> yeah. mark, the consensus is $45 billion in monthly purchases of treasuries. that's what's expected. if we don't get that, a lot of market analysts believe that the markets will be extremely disappointed. this off of a string of gains. the first five-day winning streak for the dow since march. the dow, in fact, is at, what, the highest level since october 22nd. s&p the highest level since november 6th, which, of course, was the
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Dec 20, 2012 1:00pm EST
. ackman says they are doing today. >> a perfect storm is brewing in washington and at this hour. the house gets set to vote on plan b which the white house has said is a nonstarter. house speaker boehner will hold a news conference in about 15 minutes or so. we will take it live here. first, to john hart wood at the white house. john? >> sue, we've had a pretty relentless game of messaging bing pong between democrats and republicans today. we hear from eric cantor about plan b that house intends to take up. then we heard from harry reed, now just behind me, jay carney is briefing. but bottom line from the standpoint of republicans, as negotiations with the white house have broken down, is that as eric cantor said a few minutes guy to reporters, they put the onus squarely on the president right now, saying that the action by the house today, which they say they have the votes to pass is the only concrete action to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> and the president has a decision to make. he can support these measures or be responsible for wreckless spending in the largest tax hike in american his
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Dec 18, 2012 3:00pm EST
. the more wall street washington is rising above, the higher the market goes. >> rejection of how john boehner's plan "b" thatty had came out with today. the major averages are all trading around two-month highs today because it seems like progress is still being made on some kind of a deal. here's where we stand right now. the dow up 98 points, was up 125 at the high, and then the white house rejected and some comments by senate majority leader harry reid on that so-called plan "b" proposal from john boehner, sort of took some of the wind out of the sails. nasdaq still up 1.25%, a 3348 and the s&p 500 index is up 12-plus points right now at 1443. >> while the dow on pace for the first back-to-back triple-digit gains in nearly five months. can we hold on for the final hour? >> let's talk about that in our closing bell exchange. carol roth, the author of "entrepreneurial equation" is with us. from chicago, keith springer from springer financial adviser and john carpina is on the floor with us, and rick santelli, of course, is in chicago as well. carol, you've been skeptical about this m
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Dec 19, 2012 3:00pm EST
of questions focusing on the issue. washington correspondent john harwood at the white house right now. john, perhaps no one has followed the twists and turns as much as you in all of these negotiations. why now does it feel like things are not in as good a place as we thought? >> because there's a lot of resistance within the republican caucus, maria, to the idea of raising taxes on anyone so that the concession that john boehner made toward the president, while it didn't go nearly as far as the president wanted, is one that's very difficult for him to maintain within his caucus. we've heard the club for growth come out this afternoon and owe poets speaker's plan "b" even though the grover norquist group, american for tax reform, says it's not an increase, but that balancing act is making it difficult for john boehner to respond to the offer the president laid down so he walked away, said that the president's offer was not balanced, didn't have enough spending cuts, and the president in trying to drive home the case that the speaker needs to cooperate with him and compromise with him, came
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00pm EST
in washington. we learned just a few hours ago that not only is the fiscal cliff deadline on new year's eve, we are going to hit the debt ceiling on the very same day. we are about to go to washington for a live report. now to national weather. deadly storm slamming the midwest and the south now hitting the northeast. this is all coming just as millions of americans are waiting to take flights important the holidays. suburban new york newspaper chooses to publish the names and addresses of thousands of private citizens who have legal gun permits. can the mainstream media still claim not to hate all gun owners after a stunt like this? "the kudlow report" starts right now. let's get the latest on the snag on the fiscal cliff talks and surprise news we are going to reach the debt ceiling in days instead of just a few months. john harwood has the details. what's going on? >> not a whole lot of actions going on. although there have been some developments. let me bring our viewers up to date on those. first of all, treasury secretary geithner this afternoon announced the united states would hit the s
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Dec 26, 2012 1:00pm EST
to washington. our chief political correspondent, john harwood, is with us. john, this feels very much like it might be the calm before the storm in more way than one. >> it could be if we go over the cliff and the storm would be generated by the markets and the loss of confidence in american governance and the american economy, but that's not necessarily going to be the case. we still have a few days left. a white house official told me that there have been no progress over the last couple of days, but an aide to senator harry reid told me there's still a 50/50 chance we get a mini deal that would put off the effects of the cliff at least temporarily and a 50/50 chance of that happening before january 1st. so even though there's a small number of days, sometimes the urgency of a deadline forces lawmakers to overcome differences they can't overcome otherwise. >> remind us, john, a mini deal is composed in the senate but still has to pass through house republicans and boehner or not? >> yes. and the question about the mini deal would be, what we're talking about, just to make clear for our v
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Dec 11, 2012 9:00am EST
, listening to that conversation, a few minutes before the opening bell, front page of the "washington post," investors aren't waiting for a deal. they're selling stock, they're trying to sell homes. they're setting up shelters, gifts for taxes. this discussion is not academic by any stretch of the imagination. >> we have to avoid the cliff, period. >> yes, we do. >> we do. to your point, carl, $20 billion in special dividends have been paid out this quarter. some of the economists said this would be a jump of income in the household, payouts to dividends, acceleration into this year. >> becky and jim, who have been doing amazing work on capitol hill, did talk to grover norquist, a bit of a rematch after cramer's appearance a couple of weeks ago with grover norquist. >> obama personally moved it out two years, because he didn't want to raise taxes and damage the economy, because he said the economy was weak. the economy's not strong now. so the argument to raise taxes now is not any better than it was two years ago. i think there's a real danger we could end up with some damaging tax increa
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Dec 17, 2012 9:00am EST
quickly here. john harward in washington here today. thanks a lot. the cheddar, bacon, onion sandwich that boosted sales for mcdonald's in december. >> steve liesman's exclusive interview with richmond fed president jeffrey lacquer. the lone dissenter at every fed policy meeting this year. more "squawk on the street" after this. the . >>> all right. if the sight of this sandwich makes your mouth water, then you are in luck. because the mcrib is back at mcdonald's today. but how much do limited time offers really impact on sales? we're here to break down the mcrib effect. ladies, great to have you with us. rachel, i'll start off with you. what sort of impact could we see potentially in the month of december? i read in the past, in 2010 at least, one of these limited introduction offers that it actually boosted sales by almost 5%. >> i think it depends on what the lto is and what the prior year same-store comparison is. i wouldn't expect to see a positive number of the magnitude that you're discussing. actually, frankly, it will probably be something in the single digit negatives. but a
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Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm EST
from washington. remember, i hope you'll follow me on twitter and google plus. stay with cnbc, because "fast money" begins right now. see you back in new york tomorrow. >> and this is mission krill call, rise above washington, d.c. we're going to get to "fast money" in just a moment. but we've got to talk about what is going on here. you just heard maria's observation. she is not confident that a deal will get done. sadly, i feel the same way. especially after speaking with numerous lawmakers today. everybody seems very firmly entrenched, although eamon with the news just a moment ago that john boehner has indeed sent the president a counter offer, though republicans, to a man, complained today that they do not know what cuts the democrats would like to make. senator harry reid coming out earlier today, saying, we're not going to offer up any cuts. we want the gop to put their cuts on the table. it is clear it is a game of finger pointing, which party is going to be made to look like the bad guys, because somebody's going to have to tell somebody no. that is certainly the deal here. st
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Dec 26, 2012 12:00pm EST
a 1585 target or 2 $108 in earnings. we're not expecting the powers that be in washington are going to be willing to save a defeat from the jaws of victory. >> you haven't watched them before, john, have you? >> i've been around for a long time. i have watched them before. i do know that they worry about legacy. the history books would write about them and say do this. >> it's good to talk to you. thank for coming on. >> thanks for having me. >>> pete, 1585 is the price target. second highest on the street just behind bank of america. he's higher than goldman, barry knap at barclays. is he going to be right? >> i'm very confident. i like what we're hearing out of china. i like what we're seeing out of our housing market. the financials are why we are where we are right now. i think the financials if things start to ease up a bit, you see the did he ha the dividends coming back, i think they're going higher. >> is that the trade that works in 2013 right there, thexls financials? >> absolutely. 100%. financials are deck side and i will tell you on the dale earnhardt side, there's trem
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Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm EST
do right now. >> president comes back to washington, he'll get on a flight in just a couple of hours, we'll be back at 7:00 east coast time in washington tomorrow, assuming the weather allows air force one to get through all of that. in many teen time. and then, presumably, maybe some of the negotiations can get back on track at that time. in the meantime, the dow down 24 points today. that's it for us. thank you for watching. >> and "fast money" starts right now. stay tuned to cnbc. >> we'll see you tomorrow. >>> live from the nasdaq market site in new york city's time square, i'm melissa lee. here are tonight's top three trades. retail wreck. santa delivered coal for most today. should you be betting on a bounce back? the global race to print money is on. and we've got the best ways to play japan's easy money. and 2013 trades. top picks in an uncertain world also "fast money" goes fast forward into next year. first, to our top stories. five days to go until the fiscal cliff and the heat is turning up on both sides of the aisle. house speaker john boehner says the senate needs to ac
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Dec 27, 2012 3:00pm EST
know washington very, very well. we've been trying to read the tea leaves today. harry reid was out with a twitter -- a tweet early on, and then they were scheduling a news conference that. got cancelled. it got moved. now suddenly we're hearing that the house is he convening. what do you make of all the tea leaves we're reading right now? >> it's extremely chaotic and reminds me of the arguments between my two young daughters as to who is going to empty the dishwasher, except there's 500 billion in negative fiscal impulse in play here. i thought lee put it very well. the issue at this point, seems to me, i mean, it ain't over till we're over, but it seems to me is this going to be a chaotic cliff dive or more of a bungee jump wherein there does seem to be the makings of a deal. as i've described on our show before, there are technical matters that actually make it easier for republicans to support a compromise deal like the president's last offer after we go over. >> wait a minute. you don't necessarily see any of the developments today as progress per se? >> no, i don't. in fact,
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Dec 12, 2012 1:00pm EST
. and our steve leesman is one of the lucky few who gets a question and he joins us now from washington. this is really something that not a lot of people expected, steve. >> i think that's right, tyler. and it is absolutely historic. fed for the first time putting economic targets around its funds rate projections and first of all, the other news was that it did end -- it said it would end to replace that so that brings the monthly purchases of long-term assets to $85 billion. i want to show you some math. the current level of the math call it 2.8 trillion. add a trillion to that, you will be at 3.8 trillion if we do go at this pace for a full year here. the precrisis level is $800 billion. i want it put it another way, tyler. increase the balance sheet from '09 to '12 by a trillion dollars. we will do that in one year. aggressive policy from the fed. unaggressive as tyler mentioned the idea of using economic targets for funds rate. we know they were talking about it. we know there was support. we didn't think the federal reserve had unanimity enough to do this. only jeff lacker from r
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Dec 4, 2012 9:00am EST
without finishing their project. >> a couple good poll numbers out today. abc/"the washington post" if we went off people would blame gop by two to one margin and then the pew poll. 49% do not believe a deal will be reached. 40% say a deal will be reached. >> i just know that if you're a republican, there's a primary. if you are going to run in that primary going forward, you'll have no problem provided you pledge to norquist not to raise taxes and you don't. these guys don't worry about primaries. they don't care about what the republicans -- they don't even think themselves as republicans. they think of themselves as anti-tax people. and they feel they pledged to their constituents that they're won't be any tax. that's all they care about. >> they're $800 billion plus into a deal. >> i guess the gap has been -- >> right. it's been narrowed. >> every offer is something. >> both of the offers were exactly what both sides promised during the campaign. they're still not willing to get off the stump. i think they believe we're no closer than where we were last year. >> didn't it take your br
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Dec 18, 2012 12:00pm EST
, of course it's cheap but you still have the things going on in washington that is holding back everything. the question is, how much does it mean and what will it do and you're holding back people from the end of the year and the market will go down 2, 3%. >> much harder than that and the point that temper is making, stocks are cheap, the fed is your friend. your reaction? >> stocks aren't cheap. it's 12 times a number that is fantasy for next year. they are trading 15 times trailing earnings over the last 30 years the stock market is rich. so that would be point number one. point number two is that the fed is not your friend. the best periods for equity return is after the fed realizes policy, not when they have their foot on the gas. the late '40s and late '50s. i'm sure all of us will remember 1995, for example, after the fed inverted the yield curve, clinton and gingrich were threatening to shut down the government. green pan thought there was a chance that we were going into recession. but that was after they actually normalized policy. the same thing happened in the 2000s after the
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Dec 18, 2012 5:00pm EST
on the corporate side as they think washington holds the key. all of that stuff becomes more apparent as we get this out of the way. >> you think of the real spiky news. september 13th, on bernanke and now on fiscal cliff. is it more of the same, people chasing price and have very little conviction in what they do? >> i think there's a big element of that. at some point, that dynamic fadingsfad fades a little bit. in 2012, so much was normal was a surprise. nobody expected a 15% move. nobody expected it to move with corporate earnings and spreads. i do think on a tactical basis, i would expect that. >> that's interesting because earnings season doesn't start until the middle of january and a lot of runway for people to get crazy on the upside and earnings starts with financials. >> and financials probably told you they're expecting pretty good ratings. >> you talked about the mystery broker in the barrons who had a pretty good track record says to sell. why? >> not to quote just one person. i think he whips on himself a little bit because he likes how financials are acting and now not so bearis
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Dec 20, 2012 9:00am EST
in washington. >> do expect to close this deal second half. final question, the cme works they consider doing anything, coming in over the top? highly unlikely. my sources say because of anti-trust certainly in one way. didn't the first time when there was up potential. that is not expected. this deal is expected to make it to the finish line. one never knows. two shareholder votes needed. ice and nyse. >> fabulous reporting. first to get the deal price. well done. >> topic of conversation in this room this morning. as jim mentioned, futures on the rise a day after a concern about the fiscal cliff talks weighed on stocks. the batlogical escalate today. the house set to vote on boehner's so-called plan b. keep taxes from rising with people i incomes below $1 million in the event no deal is struchblg the president will veto the bill if it passes congress, he says yesterday, take me out of it take the deal. that was followed by the speakers a famous now -- by now famous 59-seconders were. jim, your point about big changes of control, these big disposition of assets happening, corporate america d
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Dec 6, 2012 9:00am EST
if they don't do their job in washington. we're obviously concerned about it. if they deal with it, which we think they will. we think that next year should be pretty positive. >> meanwhile big party tonight? >> big party tonight, big party last night. >> that's what the city's all about. >> we'll be opening white plains in may, it will be a little warmer than it was up there last night. it's very exciting to see those hotels get done. 1,000 jobs for the city. >> you see at the bottom of your screen, nat gas inventory. >> listen natural gas prices are extending their gains from yet, after that 4% rally that we saw. we're looking at resistance perhaps around the 4.75 level. we saw a natural gas level that was certainly not what analysts were expectings. 65 billion cubic feet which is much greater than what the consensus was. that was between 64 and 68 million cubic feet. but it's also far greater than what we normally see this time of year. greater than last year's withdrawal. greater than the five-year average and it lets you know that we saw much cooler temperatures last week that certainly
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Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm EST
of washington and everybody there. we look at the position of one of three possibility, back to upside normalized growth, complete downside recession. and the middle of the road scenario, we begrudge this and keep doing it sloppily every once in a while, as we have been recently but manage to make our way longer term. we think that scenario is more likely and the upside has to be discounted and downside scenario we have to recognize is not an immaterial risk. positioning portfolios, this is not an environment to hide and cash in treasuries but not blindly buy any and all equities out there, you pick the risks you take, buy quality dividend companies to protect those portions of your portfolio you're taking some equity risk with. use covered calls and sell options to cap your upside but give you extra cash flow in the other two environments, then use other defensive mechanisms, risk taking but still defensive in orientation. high yield bonds, bank loans, sovereign debt in the emerging markets getting 5-7% interest payments for two year debt along the way. any of those environments or si
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